Debbie Reynolds Dies At 84, One Day After Daughter Carrie Fisher Passed Away
Veteran actress Debbie Reynolds died on Wednesday, the day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher. Reynolds was 84.
DEBBIE REYNOLDS DIES DAY AFTER LOSS OF DAUGHTER
Fisher died on Tuesday after a massive heart attack at the age of 60. Reynolds, while grieving, passed the following day, from what looks like a stroke.
Reynolds son Todd Fisher said the two had been discussing Fisher’s funeral when Reynolds took ill. “I miss her so much,” Reynolds reportedly said before collapsing. “I want to be with Carrie.”
The heartbreaking news came as a shock to the world, with many fellow actors grieving for her loss. “A legend of course,” said Debra Messing of Reynolds, who played mother and daughter on WIll & Grace. “The epitome of clean-cut American optimism, dancing with Gene Kelly as an equal, a warrior woman who never stopped working.”
Carol Channing joined the conversation, saying, “She was beautiful and generous. It seems like only yesterday she was having lunch here at the house and we were discussing the possibility of working together in a new show.”
“It breaks my heart that she is gone,” wrote William Shatner. And added what all of us were thinking: “I’d hoped that my grieving was done for 2016.”
Reynolds got her start alongside Gene Kelly in 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain as a 19-year-old starlet. She earned the Academy Award for Best Actress for the 1964 musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Reynolds appeared in a number of films and TV shows, including Charlotte’s Web, Rugrats, and The Love Boat.
She wed musician Eddie Fisher in 1955 and had two children, Todd and Carrie, before divorced him after discovering he cheated on her with Elizabeth Taylor. Reynolds’ relationship with her daughter Carrie was strained for most of her life. They went through a period of years where they did not speak, but the duo became much closer later in life.
It is thought that humans can experience a physical broken heart following extreme stress, like the death of a loved one. It is thought that Reynolds’ death was brought on from such a condition, having experienced the death of a child.
Fans gathered around her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to express their condolences and leave candles and tributes. Many fans and stars alike took to Twitter to do the same.
I’ll never say no to you… pic.twitter.com/bZjB92d7W2
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 29, 2016
Carrie Fisher is in heaven right now, greeting her mom and being like, “You couldn’t just let me have ONE DAY? Stealing my thunder…”
— Ryan O’Connell (@ryanoconn) December 29, 2016
Debbie Reynolds was one of the last of Hollywood Royalty. It breaks my heart that she is gone. I’d hoped that my grieving was done for 2016.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 29, 2016
So heartsick. Debbie went to be with Carrie. It’s such a devastating 1,2 punch. She was my “mom” for years & I loved her dearly.A legend.
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) December 29, 2016
My daughter asked if it’s possible to die from a broken heart. I think Debbie Reynold’s knew her daughter needed her. God granted her wish
— Al Roker (@alroker) December 29, 2016
Carrie Fisher watches her mom, Debbie Reynolds, on stage at the riviera hotel in las vegas (1963). Rest in peace to both of them pic.twitter.com/152hmac92X
— History In Pictures (@HistoryInPix) December 29, 2016
Debbie Reynolds was pure class. She was loving, talented, beautiful, unsinkable. I feel sorry for anyone who never got a chance to meet her. pic.twitter.com/XrIDFuLfYU
— Larry King (@kingsthings) December 29, 2016